Continuing Education Classes for Architects on Retrofitting and Local Law 97

Organized by AIA New York and CUNY Building Performance Lab, Retrofit Now! Reducing Carbon and Complying with Local Law 97 trains architects how to reduce energy and carbon in their clients’ buildings.

The Course content will be offered winter and spring 2022 as a virtual course that includes four weekly class sessions.

Thursdays, Feb 10, 17, 24, & March 3 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23, & 30 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This multi-day training course provides AIA CES 14 LU| 14 HSW.

Photo: Matthis Volquardsen.
Photo: Matthis Volquardsen.
Longueau, France. Photo: Fabrice Singevin.
Longueau, France. Photo: Fabrice Singevin.
SUNY Retrofit Now Reducing Carbon And Complying With LL97

New York has gotten serious about climate change and this will have a huge impact on architectural practice. Local Law 97 sets carbon caps on emissions from large buildings and will be enforced with fines. Another law requires large buildings to post energy-efficiency grades near public entrances. In addition, the newest energy code is about 20% stronger than the last one.

Building owners now expect architects and other designers to have the expertise to help them meet the code, avoid fines, and get good grades. An estimated $21 billion will be spent on building retrofits to meet the carbon caps through 2030, and even more will be spent through 2050, representing a huge business opportunity for skilled designers and a chance to help solve the most pressing issue of this century. Designers without expertise may instead face legal liabilities, should their work result in carbon fines or low grades.

Retrofit Now! will provide you with a comprehensive overview of New York’s suite of building efficiency laws and show you how to comply with them to make deep energy and carbon reductions.

Key topics we will cover include:

  • Regulatory and existing building stock context
  • Retrofits, deep retrofits, and capital asset planning
  • Typical architectural renovations that can be leveraged
  • Engineering strategies for energy-use reduction
  • Financial and technical assistance


Participants can register for any of the three winter/spring series from this Eventbrite page.


Laurie Kerr, FAIA,
LEED AP, President, LK Policy Lab
Wolfgang Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, Independent Building Sustainability Consultant

Course attendees had this to say:

“Well organized and logical progression through the topics… provide a comprehensive and easy to understand deep dive into a very complex technical, legal and sociological minefield.”

“Very informative, confirming what I knew and learning what I did not know.”


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